The word ‘fake’ isn’t a very popular one and by association we would team it with words like ‘cheap’ and ‘plastic’. But there is sometimes benefits to using fake, man-made products rather than the real deal. Take grass for example – fake grass is lower maintenance, some of them look as though they are real and they won’t change or die after a season of bad weather.
On the other hand, it could be seen as counter-productive to cover up the natural soil where grass is meant to grow with something synthetic. We will evaluate some of the arguments and let you to form your own conclusion.
The chances are you have a real grass lawn at the moment and are already fully aware of its faults – the dry patches after a hot summer, and maintaining them is the last thing you want to do after a long day at work. If you want your lawn to look healthy, you will need to give it plenty of water which comes with its own environmental issues. In additional, the chemicals used in fertilisers pollute water supplies.
There is on the other hand something to be said for doing what nature intended and laying a newly turfed lawn not only looks great but gives you the chance to stay on top of things before it snowballs out of control. The smell of fresh cut grass and taking your shoes off in Summer to get that earthy feeling cannot be recreated. Planting the good old fashioned way allows you to take pride in how your garden develops through the years and really put your stamp on it.
Nowadays, the popularity of fake grass is really taking off. Low maintenance? Pretty much no maintenance is required with artificial grass. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, and like a high quality fake Christmas tree, it is designed to be perfect rather than real grass which you cannot control. It seems even those of us who loathe the word ‘fake’ will make an exception for a lovely lawn.
Whilst you may be saving on the water supplies by going synthetic, there are other environmental implications from using fake grass. Unlike real grass, fake comes with the risks to wildlife conservation and creates waste which isn’t biodegradable. It’s not cheap either. With high up-front costs, if you are set on getting fake grass then it might be something you want to save for, bearing in mind once you have forked out it’ll withhold for 2-3 decades before it needs replacing.
Thirdly, do you need any grass, whether it’s real or fake, at all? Particularly if your outdoor space is on the smaller side, you may prefer to go for something bijoux and put decking down rather than green. Decking is highly useable, practical throughout the seasons and it looks great too.
Whichever you feel suits you, there’s going to be a compromise somewhere. But with the help of an expert landscaper, you won’t need to worry that you won’t get a garden you love. Check anyone you are thinking of hiring on Google to see what it brings up about them and always get a range of quotes.
If you would like to enlist the help of a TrustMark landscaper to re-vamp your garden, visit www.trustmark.org.uk